Silent Film Spectacular Features Live, Original Music in Four Performances

The quirky and entertaining Silent Film Spectacular series returns to Albany Public Library this month. Four classic silent films are shown, accompanied by original scores written and performed live by local musicians. This season’s films range from perfect-for-Halloween scare fests to moody westerns.

The Silent Film Spectacular events take place in the large auditorium of the Main Library at 161 Washington Avenue on four consecutive Wednesday evenings at 7 p.m. The performances are free and open to the public. For more information, please call 427-4349.

The Silent Film Spectacular programs are:

Oct. 10 (Wed) at 7 p.m. at the Main Library

“Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde” with live, original music by Ryan Slowey and Sean Fortune

This 1920 film is based on Robert Louis Stevenson’s classic novel and stars John Barrymore as the title character(s). Musicians Slowey and Fortune are active in metal band Maggot Brain. Fortune also plays in the local hip-hop act Goldtooth. Slowey, one of APL’s own, also performs solo acoustic and electric music under the name Hangman.


Oct. 17 (Wed) at 7 p.m. at the Main Library

“A Throw of Dice” with live, original music by Chris Neuhaus, Nathan Glass, and Sarah Clark

This cautionary tale about the evils of gambling was shot in India in 1929 and features more than 10,000 extras, 1,000 horses, and 50 elephants. Musicians Neuhaus, Glass, and Clark create a raga-inspired soundscape using a variety of melody and percussion instruments. Clark, who also spearheads APL’s “Garage Bands in the Garage” music series, is a librarian who manages readers’ services at the Main Library.


Oct. 24 (Wed) at 7 p.m. at the Main Library

“The Wind” with live, original music by Shape Shifting Shepherds with special guest Laura Frare

Lillian Gish stars in this 1928 western as a naïve Virginia woman who moves to West Texas where she confronts suspicious family members, questionable suitors, an inhospitable environment, and the unrelenting wind. The Shape Shifting Shepherds mobilize their analog and digital arsenal to create a live sonic soundscape.


Oct. 31 (Wed) at 7 p.m. at the Main Library

“Häxan: Witchcraft Through the Ages” with live, original music by Helicoprion

This 1922 Swedish film uses a variety of styles to document the history of witchcraft from the Middle Ages through the 20th Century. Helicoprion is a soul smashing, riff and improv based baritone guitar and drum duo out of Albany featuring Eric Halder (from Charmboy) and James Felter (from Space Lounge).

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